Homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, director of the nonprofit group Love Thy Neighbor Inc., prepares a salad in the kitchen of The Sanctuary Church, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Abbott was recently arrested, along with two pastors, for feeding the homeless in a Fort Lauderdale park. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Florida Activists Arrested For Serving Food To Homeless

Activists in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were arrested twice this week for giving out food to the homeless in a park. Arnold Abbott, 90, says he will continue to serve the food even if he's arrested again.

John Harris (left) walks with Warren Snead, a manager for Cooper Standard, an auto parts manufacturing factory near Spartanburg, S.C. After working as an electrician in the Air Force, Harris found the apprenticeship program at Cooper Standard, where he learns while working on the job. Mike Belleme for NPR hide caption

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape

In S.C., A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeship programs have been in decline, but South Carolina is bucking the trend. Nearly 11,000 apprentices have been trained there since 2007 in fields ranging from manufacturing to nursing.

In 49 U.S. states, spotting the squished disc in this spinal MRI is still much easier than learning the price of the MRI in advance. AWelshLad/iStockphoto hide caption

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Shots - Health News

How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light WBUR

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

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Berkeley's efforts to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks faced opposition with deep pockets — but it also got sizable cash infusions from some big-name donors. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

Oil, carried here by the Trans-Alaska pipeline, is fundamental to the state's economy. But Alaskans also face the effect of climate change in their daily lives. Al Grillo/AP hide caption

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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Super Typhoon Nuri after it developed an eye on Nov. 3. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team hide caption

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Typhoon Nuri Could Challenge All-Time Record

Forecasts are for Nuri to lose its tropical features and then crash into a mountain of cold air in the Bering Sea, causing its pressure to plunge to record territory and bring strong winds to Alaska.

A Kenyan senior citizen leans on his cane. As people age in parts of Africa, they report declining levels of satisfaction with their life. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

You're Growing Older ... Is Your Life Getting Better Or Worse?

After a middle-aged slump, most folks in the U.S. and other wealthy countries report greater happiness. But in less well-off nations, people report a sharp, never-ending decline in satisfaction.

The Smithsonian's Jonathan Blundell scans the fossilized foot bone — the metatarsal — of the Wankel T. rex to help create a digital 3-D image of the long-dead dinosaur. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post hide caption

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America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is a prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.

Alicia Morant, 53, poses with her son Oriol Puig, 29, in their apartment near Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church. Both mother and son support Catalan independence from Spain, but they have different reasons for doing so. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

New Generation Of Catalonian Separatists Looks To Future, Not Past

The call for Catalan independence was long led by those who suffered under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Younger Catalans are now championing the cause.

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